The successful application of the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods greatly depends on the awareness on the part of all involved persons of the associated risks, as well as on their understanding of the applicable regulations.
A safe and efficient aviation system depends on a skilled workforce. Employers are required to ensure that their personnel are competent to perform each activity for which they are responsible. This requirement can be met by establishing a Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA).
With the upcoming changes to the ICAO dangerous goods training provisions and the introduction of the competency-based training and assessment concept as from 01.01.2023, a fundamental system change in the dangerous goods training domain will take place.
During the transitional period for the introduction of the new training provisions granted by the ICAO, dangerous goods training can be conducted until 31.12.2022 in accordance with the training provisions of the 2019-2020 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions (ICAO TIs).
As from 01.01.2023: Competency-Based Training and Assessment DG Personnel
(ICAO Technical Instructions, part 1, chapter 4)
Information on how to implement the training provisions and to obtain the required approvals can be found in the following FOCA documents:
Note: Due to these changes, an amendment of the Ordinance on Air Transport (OATr, SR748.411) is necessary. The Federal Council approved the partial revision of the Air Transport Ordinance at its meeting on October 12, 2022. The amendments will enter into force on January 1, 2023 (Press release).
Until 31.12.2022: Training DG Personnel
All requirements and checklists can be found in the following FOCA document:
Examinations for obtaining a training license in accordance with Article 16a, paragraph 3 of the Swiss Federal Air Transport Ordinance OATr (SR 748.411):
Examination regulations DG training in accordance with Article 16a of the Swiss Federal Air Transport Ordinance OATr (SR 748.411):
Upon request, the FOCA will provide additional information on persons holding a personnel category 6 certificate.
Archive FOCA publications training DG personnel
The FOCA has taken the following decisions regarding the implementation of the system change from 01.01.2023:
- Redefinition of the term «training program», which is no longer to be understood as the detailed training content;
- Training program approval requirements exclusively for operators and DPO (Designated Postal Operator);
- Training methods no longer restricted;
- New qualification requirements for instructors and assessors;
- Introduction of a FOCA declaration requirement for specific entities.
Due to these changes, an amendment of the Ordinance on Air Transport (OATr, SR748.411) is necessary. The process is currently ongoing.
To be ready for 01.01.2023 and establish the competency-based training programs, please refer to the ICAO guidance material already available (ICAO Doc 10147 - Guidance on a Competency-based Approach to Dangerous Goods Training and Assessment).
Detailed information on the above-mentioned points 1, 3 and 4 are also available in the following attachments:
1. New Definition Training Programme (PDF, 597 kB, 26.10.2021)
3. FOCA Functions List, Training Needs & Type of Training (PDF, 879 kB, 21.06.2022)
4. New Instructor & Assessor Qualification Requirements (PDF, 144 kB, 03.08.2021)
Please note that the FOCA reserves the right to make further adjustments to these information.
Any further details regarding the implementation of the new dangerous goods training provisions will be presumably communicated at the end of January 2022. Information about the declaration requirements (point 5) will be provided in due time.
In early March 2020 the recommendations of the Dangerous Goods Panel were accepted by the ICAO Council.
The future regulations are already reflected in Appendix 4 of the 2019-2020 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions (ICAO TIs).
Doc.9284.20.Attachment 4 (PDF, 96 kB, 20.05.2020)
Note: this appendix has been accepted by the ICAO Council in an amended version.
These latest changes can be viewed in the attached Appendix B Agenda item 2 of the DGP report.
DGP.27.WP.049.Appendix B_Agenda item 2.en (PDF, 159 kB, 20.05.2020)
Note: the binding wording will be the published in the edition of the ICAO TIs 2021-2022.
All changes to the ICAO TIs approved by the Council will take effect on January 01, 2021.
However, in view of the very short lead-time (the ICAO TIs 2021-2022 will only be published in autumn 2020), ICAO allows for a transition period until December 31, 2022 for the introduction of these new training regulations.
Dangerous goods training can therefore be carried out in accordance with the training regulations of the ICAO TIs 2019-2020 until December 31, 2022. Obviously, all other amendments to the TIs 2021-2022, to which no transition period applies, will have to be considered.
For its part, FOCA will examine the effects of this system change on the approval and surveillance requirements.
Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA
Section Operation of Complex Airplanes SBOC
Complex aircraft operations
Non-operator entities in the western part of Switzerland & Valais
Tel. +41 58 466 30 02
Non-operators entities in the eastern part of Switzerland & Ticino
Tel. +41 58 468 77 75